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Fakin Da Funk (1998)

Ernie Hudson , Pam Grier , Timothy A. Chey  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ernie Hudson, Pam Grier, Margaret Cho, Dante Basco, Duane Martin
  • Directors: Timothy A. Chey
  • Writers: Timothy A. Chey
  • Producers: Timothy A. Chey, Darren M. Demetre, Harry K. Yoo
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003G1FV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fakin Da Funk" on IMDb

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Finding your roots in the hood ain't easy. An accidental switch at an adoption agency sends a Chinese baby to an African-American family. Julian is accepted into the family and his tight-knit Atlanta neighborhood, but the search for a better life takes the family to South Central L.A., where his new neighbors think Julian is pretending to be black. For the first time in his life, Julian faces an identity crisis. "Fakin' da Funk" pokes fun at stereotypes and proves that what's in your heart is what's important.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite impressive! Margaret Cho steals the film! October 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A great film exploring personal identity in culture and class. Dante basco does a wonderful job in his portrayal of an Asian boy who was adopted and raised in a Black family. Great development of characters and of the relationships between the characters.
Margaret Cho steals the show with her role as an exchange student who has been accidentally dropped off at the wrong host family but learns to soak up the culture throughout the movie. Now you KNOW that's gonna be hilarious!
Check out this movie. It's really good. The storyline moves smoothly and the acting is great in this multi-racial film. Pam Grier is excellent as the matriarch in the film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film! August 8, 2000
We found the film to be great. The humanity in the film is evident from the beginning to the end. You will never see another film like this because it cut across so many channels including race, love, culture, etc. The reviews that people got up here in San Francisco was great. I think the San Francisco Chronicle gave it 4 stars or something and we agree! Go check it out! It was also the highest-rated film on USA Networks last year. We love Margaret Cho and we know some people who auditioned for the movie are bitter and are expressing their jealousy in a negative way, so let the public be the judge about it. WATCH THIS FILM!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film - my family enjoyed it! August 13, 2000
We saw this film last night on USA and it was cool. Had some great moments and made us laugh. The entire cast was great and really brought everyone together. We need to see more great films like this. Like the lady said previously it gives me hope when i see a film like this. Lots of talented people coming together, bringing the races together. I really enjoyed this film. I hope more people see it. And my props to Amazon for this review service. it makes people get to play reviewer! Thanks!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fakin The Funk October 3, 2001
Two thumbs up!! I originally saw this movie several years ago, loved it and had to own it. It was funny, had a great theme and provided a universal message. Stereotypes are misleading and as an African American Male, I can relate to how incorrect they can be. Faking the funk deals with this subject matter in a humorous yet effective way and demonstrates the commonality of all people, regardless of race. I live in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles and couldn't help by chuckle at the reference to persons living in the area. Buy it--you'll definitely enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny movie; pokes fun at stereotypes June 11, 2000
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I decided to check out this movie because of the story. An asian boy is adopted by a black family who raises him with all the love and attention they can give him. I have never heard of a story like this, so I checked it out. And it was entertaining.
All is well for the family while living in their hometown of Atlanta. It's when they move to L.A. that trouble starts.
The asian boy is accused of 'being black' by all the people he meets. Others prove this point out to him because he is dating a black girl.
There is also a subplot of an exchange student from china that really adds nothing to the story other then some comic relief.
When the film is over, we learn that it's not trying to be this or that. We all are being ourselves and their is nothing wrong with that.
This movie makes you think about who you really are and if skin color supposedly dictates the way you act and talk. The stereotypes are overplayed, with the geeky asian exchange student and the drug dealers with their low riders. But in the end, it's all harmless fun and makes one appreciate that these are just stereotypes. Everyone is different and acts their own ways.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOSH! TATYANA ALI! June 2, 2000
This is an excellent movie! That's probbaly why it cost so much...20 whole dollars for a vhs tape? This movie shows good acting! and it shows Tatyana Ali kissing an asian guy. So if you're asian or philipino and u like Tatyana Ali, you'll like this movie too. AND... it's also FUNNY! But about the plot... the main character,asian guy..Julian, beats up the workers at the restaurant. The script writer could have added HOW he learned how to fight like that. Julian's lucky for kissing Tatyana Ali, aint he!
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